Posted: Monday, 22 June 2009 by jazzlover in Etykiety: ,

This album stands apart from a lot of the other jazz-rock records released in the early to mid 70s in that instead of leaning on short gratuitous melodies that lead to long improvisational sections, this album features well composed melodic development combined with organically shifting sound textures to create one of the most unique fusions of jazz-rock rhythms and progressive rock composition released during this time.
Most of the instrumentals on this album share some common references and influences. The dissonant diminished scale melodies driven by odd-metered rhythms sound similar to mid-70s King Crimson. The freer jazzy sections sound a bit like Soft Machine on their 3rd or 4th album, other sections reflect early fusion artists such as Chick Corea or Brian Auger. The big difference is that this album is driven by sonic texture changes that help push the music forward thanks to the pioneering production work of Brian Eno.
Eno is the most valuable player on this recording. His production skills were ahead of the game at this point making the music a constant shifting kaleidoscope of sound, his "treatments" help the strong melodic developments of Manzanera shift smoothly from one idea to the next.
Two songs stand apart from the others. One of those is R.F.D. by keyboardist Dave Jarrett. This is a beautiful piece of impressionism in the style of Ravel with understated electronic keyboards more similar to 60s lounge interpretations of classical music rather than rock. The other is Rongwrong that features drummer Charles Hayward in a Robert Wyatt style wandering avant-pop song, unfortunately Hayward doesn't have Wyatt's cool jazzy voice. Too bad this is the
only release by this amazing band, it would have been nice to hear more.
:::Review by Easy Money:::

Quiet Sun – Mainstream (1975)

1. Sol Caliente (7:35)
2. Trumpet With Motherhood (1:47)
3. Bargain Classics (5:49)
4. R. F. D. (3:22)
5. Mummy Was An Asteroid..... (6:01)
6. Trot (5:14)
7. Rongwrong (9:29)

- Charles Hayward / drums, percussion, keyboards & voices
- Dave Jarrett / keyboards
- Phil Manzanera / guitars, keyboards
- Bill MacCormick / bass & voices
- Brian Eno / synthesizers, treatments and oblique strategies

5 komentarze:

  1. Thrilled to be able to explore this recording.



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  1. jazzlover says:

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  1. Seen this lp many times over the years, but never heard it.

    Many thanks for your great site, keeping the the links cool, and all your hard work!

  1. hooks says:

    one of my favourite albums ever!!!

    one to savour